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A man accused of murdering a great-grandfather in a "road rage" stabbing after a car crash has been remanded in custody.
Matthew Daley, 34, appeared in court charged with repeatedly knifing retired solicitor Donald Lock, 79.
Cycling enthusiast Mr Lock, who had recently been given the all-clear from prostate cancer, died at the scene of the incident on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing, on Thursday.
Daley, of St Elmo Road, Worthing, will appear at Hove Crown Court tomorrow. He is charged with murder and possession of a knife in a public place.
A man is to be charged with the murder of a prison custody officer who died after being assaulted at Blackfriars Crown Court last month.
Lorraine Barwell, 54, a prison officer for Serco, was attacked as she escorted a prisoner between the court and a waiting van on June 29.
Humphrey Burke, 22, is to be charged with her murder, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
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A pilot scheme that will allow victims and witnesses to give eveidence ahead of criminal trials will not necessarily make the system as child-friendly as it could be, the NSPCC's head of corporate affairs has said. Alan Wardle added:
We welcome the pilot and hope it paves the way for more children to be spared the ordeal of having to give live evidence in court. The pilot will not necessarily make the system as child-friendly as it could be, but is a positive step - offering children the opportunity to give their evidence and be cross examined in advance of the trial and sparing them the often lengthy wait for a court date which can cause unnecessary anxiety.
However, there is still more work to be done to ensure all young witnesses are supported by a justice system that is truly fit for children.
Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses should get specialist help throughout the criminal justice process, the assistant chief executive at Victim Support has said, as a new pilot scheme allowing evidence to be given ahead of criminal trials is due to be rolled out tomorrow. Adam Pemberton added:
We welcome these pilots because repeated, aggressive questioning of vulnerable witnesses in a packed courtroom cannot be the best way to obtain sound and accurate evidence.
Victims and witnesses are entitled to a fair trial as well as defendants and we believe pre-recorded evidence taken in a less intense environment and when events are fresher in the mind will help level the playing field.